Doctor Rao has a PhD in plant breeding and genetics. He and his family run a two and half acre farm in Bengaluru, India.
They focus on sustainable farming practices and they’re trying to bring back indigenous species that are on the brink of extinction due to the widescale use of genetically modified seeds. Their farm is a sanctuary for exotic and endangered vegetable species that are indigenous and native to India. They use natural farming methods, including bio fertilizers and bio pesticides derived from cow urine and dung which also brings down the cost for farmers.
The goal is to encourage farmers and consumers to recognize the value of these indigenous varieties that are naturally resilient to harsh weather and diseases and perfectly suited to natural farming methods. Doctor Rao also offers workshops and farm experiences to educate the public about the benefits of organic produce and the importance of biodiversity conservation.
He urges people to grow these varieties and share seeds with others to prevent these unique vegetables from becoming extinct. The project is a testament to doctor Rao’s commitment to restoring indigenous vegetable varieties and promoting a more sustainable and biodiverse agricultural system.